Dec 15 2021


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Holiday Hiccups: Supporting Children with PFD During the Holiday Season

The holiday season may bring us time with family, happy memories, and family traditions. They may also bring up worry related to holiday mealtimes and time with extended family and friends who may not understand pediatric feeding disorder and how this impacts a child or caregiver’s experience. This event will discuss common worries related to holidays and mealtimes. Join us to share your experiences and learn more about how we can be responsive to our children while with family and friends during the holiday season.

Please note this event is taking place at 6:30 pm Central Standard Time, and will be held virtually via Zoom. To find out what time this is in your country, look here. Registration will close at 5:00 pm Central Standard Time on 12/14/2021. The meeting link will be sent to registrants via email that evening after registration closes. Please check your spam folder as our emails occasionally end up there.

This course is being submitted for credit with the Illinois Early Intervention Program. Please check with your local professional organization to determine additional professional education credit. Those who have paid for a professional ticket and are in attendance for the duration of the full event will receive a certificate of attendance for credit. Those who registered for a student ticket will also receive a certificate, however these will not be eligible for CEUs.


Tickets Available:

  • Parent/Caregiver*
    • For those who are caring for a child who is learning to eat.
  • Student
    • For those who are working on degrees in a profession related to pediatric feeding; certificates not for professional development credit.
  • Professional**
    • For those who work in an area related to pediatric feeding and are seeking professional development credits (SLP, OT, Dietician, SW, Nurse, etc.)
  • Staff
    • For staff members of the Chicago Feeding Group
  • Affiliate
    • By invitation only; for official affiliates of the CFG 


*Should cost be a concern that would hinder your participation, we may be able to offer financial assistance. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lindsay Hoffer at

**If you are paying for more than one professional, please include their name and email in the allocated spots in registration.



Risa is a certified licensed speech-language pathologist with over 23 years of clinical experience.  Her areas of expertise include early intervention, speech, voice, and oral-motor/feeding issues. Risa is frequently quoted in speech-related articles, lectures in the area and is a contributing author to Voice Treatment for Children and Adolescents (Singular, 2001).  Risa has a wide range of professional experience from working in the neonatal intensive care units, acute care in hospitals, clinics, schools, and home care.  Currently, Risa has a private practice in Chicago, where she sees a variety of patients. Risa has instituted a one-of-a-kind Bottle Bootcamp to assist families in transitioning their children from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding, which has proved to be a successful initiative for the many families she services.  Risa earned her Master’s Degree at Indiana University and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and an Illinois Early Intervention Provider. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.



Nicole is a third and final year Occupational Therapy student at Nova Southeastern University in Tampa, Florida and is excited to be part of the Chicago Feeding Group! She completed her undergraduate career at Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Exercise Science. Nicole has had prior experience in research, Special and Elementary education where she found a passion to pursue her Doctoral degree in occupational therapy.

Nicole has had experience in feeding while a student on her fieldwork rotations. She is especially interested in working with the pediatric population, especially families with feeding difficulties. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, traveling, interacting with family/friends, and staying active by going on walks, biking, or playing volleyball.

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